Journal publisher, Joe C. Hopkins, appeared at the Pasadena City Council meeting on Monday night, April 12, before the city council to present the case against trusting decisions made by Pasadena city manager, Michael Beck.
Hopkins briefly discussed reasons the council should have fired the city manager for not following the rules in previously hiring an Assistant City Manager and now seemingly his decision to hire Interim Police Chief Chris Vicino against the wishes of the people in the Northwest and for again disregarding the process.
Hopkins' outline points out that Vicino, while acting in the position as Interim Police Chief, the city of Pasadena's Human Resources Department is investigating charges against Vicino regarding conduct unbecoming a city employee. One of the main issues Hopkins pointed out was the issue of the late community activist, Michael Zinzun who lost his eye after being beaten by officers where Vicino was directly involved. To date the community has not recovered from the beating incident and the Vicino was immediately suspended after the altercation at a cost of 1.6 million dollars to the city.